In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, I chat with Laura Zam about her new bestselling book, The Pleasure Plan. Hear Laura’s journey to better understand her body, how to create your own pleasure hour, and the truth behind a sex brunch (it’s not what you think).
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Guest: Laura Zam
Aside from her book, Laura’s writing appears in The New York Times, Salon, HuffPost, Sheknows, NextTribe and other publications, as well as in seven book anthologies. In 2013, her one-person play about healing in the aftermath of childhood sexual abuse, Married Sex, was presented at the New York International Fringe Festival and Off-Broadway. Other one-person plays, keynotes, and speeches have been presented at The Kennedy Center, the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum, The National Theatre, Columbia University, American Psychological Association, Verizon, and many other venues in the U.S. and abroad.
Media outlets that have covered Zam’s work include NPR, The Washington Post, PBS, ABC-TV, The HuffPost, The Guardian UK, and others. As an educator, Laura has been conducting storytelling workshops with trauma survivors for the past twenty years, working with post-war teens from Bosnia, young adults from the Middle East, wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and victims of sexual violation.
Workshop venues include the Omega Center, Walter Reed Army Hospital, and the DC Rape Crisis Center. Grants include a Playwriting Fellowship from Brown University, Amiri Baraka Literary Prize, an Open Society Fund grant (Soros Foundation), a Tennessee Williams Fellowship, and five Artist Fellowships from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Laura has taught at Brown University, UC Berkeley, George Mason, and other colleges. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University, where she studied with Pulitzer Prize winners Paula Vogel and Nilo Cruz.
She’s a member of the National Speakers Association, Actor’s Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Laura currently offers workshops, talks, and online courses related to sexual wellness. Visit her at LauraZam.com.
Mentioned in the Podcast
First podcast with Laura from 2009: Musings on Leaving Your Day Job
Blog post on Mental Health during Quarantine
Us speaking at The Wing last December on Women’s Health at Midlife
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